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This article is about the lore. For the instanced raid, see Ny'alotha, the Waking City.
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Ny'alotha, referred to as the sleeping city or the dreaming city, is the domain of the Black Empire, a dimension inhabited by the Old Gods and their minions. After being freed from his titan prison during the Fourth War, N'Zoth began trying to tear down the veil separating Ny'alotha from the physical world, unleashing nightmares and visions of a future in which the forces of the Old God are ascendant unto Azeroth.[1][2]

Awakened affix in Mythic+ has obelisks throughout the dungeon that allow characters to enter Ny'alotha and confront powerful servants of N'Zoth.


Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

The events within the Eternal Palace have set the stage for the Old God N'Zoth's release from his titanwrought prison, Ny'alotha, the Sleeping City, has awakened. Under N'Zoth's command, the armies of the Black Empire threaten to engulf the world and reshape it according to their master's vision. Nightmares dwell in Ny'alotha, the Waking City the Void-shrouded heart of the ancient Black Empire. The champions of Azeroth venture deep into the horrific realm to confront mad heralds and inscrutable horrors, and ultimately go eye-to-eyes with N'Zoth himself for one final confrontation against the Old God in a fateful battle for Azeroth's survival.[3]


Before Ny'alotha was released in patch 8.3, it had been mentioned by various objects and servants of the Old Gods since Cataclysm.

 [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron]

  • In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep...
  • In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
  • Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes...



  • The name Ny'alotha may be derived from Nyarlathotep of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Notably, one of the quotes ("city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes") is similar to a line from the short story Nyarlathotep. It may also be a reference to R'lyeh, the underwater city where Cthulhu slept, dreaming, or Y'ha-nthlei, the ancient sunken city of the Deep Ones located just off the coast of Massachusetts.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.



  1. ^ World of Warcraft 2019-10-07. Watch the New Developer Content Update Preview (03:20). YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-10-07.
  2. ^ Ion Hazzikostas with Millenium
  3. ^ World of Warcraft 2019-12-19. Battle for Azeroth: Visions of N'Zoth Goes Live January 14. Blizzard. Retrieved on 2019-12-19.
  4. ^ B [120] The Precious 13-Tooth Gogglegear